Archive for Friday, July 1, 2011

Helicopter inspections of roofs on county-owned buildings postponed due to wind

July 1, 2011

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The roof inspections of four Douglas County buildings by helicopter originally scheduled for Friday have been postponed due to wind conditions in the Kansas City area, county officials said.

The county’s contractor Infrared Concept Corporation originally scheduled Friday afternoon and night flights in Lawrence as part of inspections of:

• Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.

• Douglas County Jail, 3601 E. 25th St.

• Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.

• Douglas County Youth Services, 330 Industrial Lane.

The helicopter captures images of buildings, which all have flat roofs, to help county officials gauge the conditions of them from year-to-year for minor repairs, said Jackie Waggoner, the county’s director of purchasing. She said the process aims to help the county avoid major repairs that could be more costly.

The contractor performs one inspection in Douglas County per year, which costs $6,113, Waggoner said. The Douglas County flights are conducted in conjunction with ones at a college in the Kansas City area, Waggoner said, which is why Friday’s conditions there affected the flights here. The inspections are tentatively now scheduled for July 8, she said.

Comments

Ralph Reed 4 years ago

What's wrong with going up through the roof access and doing an actual physical inspection. That's what they used to do pre-helicopter; you know, when pterodactyls roamed the skies with people riding them and dinosaurs roamed the earth with people riding them (see Brownback for the precise reference).

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